Construction of the medieval walls of Lucca started in the 11th and 12th centuries and was completed in the 13th century. As the city expanded, the walls also expanded from the 15th to 17th centuries. The walls, originally built as a defense, still encircle the old city.
When the walls lost their military importance, they became a pedestrian promenade, Passagiata delle Mura Urbane, a 4 km street atop the walls, linking the bastions. Trees atop the walls provide a shady promenade for locals and tourists, alike. You can also rent bicycles if you want to cycle the walls.
Over time, large trees have grown up atop the wall. As it was a hot day, we spent a fair bit of time on the walls, under the shade of these trees. The walls provide striking views of the city buildings and countryside.
There are many interesting art installations along the wall
Countryside and fortifications view
Along the walls